The Costa Brava is a popular coastal region located on the northeastern coastline of Spain. Belonging to the Province of Girona, the Costa Brava begins from the town of Blanes in the south, northwards to the French border. The literal translation would be “Rugged Coast” to coincide with this rugged landscape that runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea.
Costa Brava – Rugged Coast
This particular stretch of Spanish coastline is well known for several top tourist destinations, these include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and the town of Blanes itself. Originally, most of this area relied heavily on fishing as it’s primary source of income. In the 1950’s and the beginning of the tourism boom, the Costa Brava was one of the first Spanish Costas to begin mass development and transform itself into one of the top tourism destinations in Europe.
Costa Brava Tourist Resorts
The northern areas of the Costa Brava are vastly different from the touristy areas located in the south. Most of the north is typically Spanish and well known for it’s exceptional food, you are probably unlikely to see many signs advertising an “English Breakfast” unless you are headed for one of the tourist resorts which we talk about below. One thing the northern and southern parts do share in common is the the excellent Blue Flag beaches and picturesque coastline.
Blanes is located around 60 kilometres north of Barcelona and is the southernmost point of the Costa Brava. The history of Blanes can be traced back to before the Romans to around the 3rd Century BC. Blanes is surrounded by mountains that overlook the beautiful beaches of Blanes, here is where you can find the famous Sa Palomera Rock (picture below). This popular town is also well known for one of the biggest firework displays in Europe and the feast of Santa Anna and Sant Joaquim. These events normally take place on the last full week of July and can attract up to 500,000 visitors.
Lloret de Mar is one locationss on the Costa Brava which is located a few kilometres north of Blanes. Lloret de Mar is particularly famous for it’s superb Blue Flag beaches. In total there are over 10 beaches to choose from in this beautiful location. The main beach itself measures over 1600 metres and has a beautiful promenade running adjacent. The promenade is ideal to take a stroll and enjoy the beach-side views and other local surroundings. Lloret de Mar as many attractions away from the beaches, The Sirens of Santa Clotilde Gardens (picture below), Church of Sant Romà and Castle of Sant Joan are three of the most popular.
Tossa de Mar is located to the north of Blanes and Lloret de Mar, some 100 kilometres north of Barcelona and around the same distance south of the French border. Tossa de Mar is incredibly beautiful and picturesque with it’s history and roots dating back to Neolithic period (around 4th – 1st Century BC). There are three main beaches to top up the tan, they are Platja Gran, La Mar Menuda and El Codolar. One of the top attractions is the majestic Torreón or Castillo de Tossa de Mar (picture below). This imposing castle overlooks the whole town, countryside, beaches and mountains and is definitely worth a visit.
Costa Brava Weather and Climate
The weather in Costa Brava is generally pretty good for most of the year as with most of the Mediterranean coastline of Spain. The hotter summer months are June, July and August when average temperatures with frequently exceed 30 Celsius and not drop much below 25 Celsius. The temperatures in the winter months of December, January and February are normally normally between 10 – 15 Celsius. Much of the rainfall tends to arrive in the autumn months of September, October and November.